Wednesday
May092018

Future/Now

Past, present, future. Where do you live? Some people dwell in the past and miss what is right in front of them, while others embrace only the present with no regard for the past or the future, and still others are always looking ahead and never enjoy the moment. The letter of 1 Thessalonians gives a framework for followers of Jesus…live in the present with an eye on the future because of the past.
Join us this summer as we walk through 1 Thessalonians and learn how to be people who point toward a future filled with hope while fully engaging the reality of life in 2018.

 

Tuesday
Apr032018

Awe + Wonder

Google is an incredible tool, enabling us to research and see just about anything in the world. But has it dulled our sense of awe and wonder? When was the last time your jaw dropped out of amazement? What about in relation to God? And what happens when it does? What happens when we live in awe and wonder?

Explore these questions and more as we look to recapture a sense of awe and wonder in the way we view the world and the ways that God is at work in and around us. 

 

Wednesday
Mar142018

Easter + Good Friday

Join us for our Good Friday gatherings on Friday, March 30. 

Remington at 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Harmony at 6:30 p.m. 

Join us for Easter gatherings at both locations.

Remington at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, and 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. 

Harmony at 8:30 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 1.

Sunday
Mar112018

What If It's True? | The Bible Is True

Every year as the calendar approaches Easter, the weeks leading up to the superbowl of Christian holy days are filled with images of, stories on, questions raised about Jesus of Nazareth. Some of these stories will take take a historical look at the person of Jesus, using the New Testament of the Bible as the primary source for information. After experiencing the claims of the Gospel centered around Jesus, the reader is left pondering the implications of the story. Other media outlets will use extra-biblical evidence and raise questions over the validity of the Jesus story recorded in the Bible. Experience these articles, essays, and TV specials and you are left with the question, “What if it’s not true?” So where does one go from here? Is there more than a feeling, intuition, or personal experience that can support the claims of the Bible? Does a follower of Jesus have the support of historical evidence that yields unwavering confidence in Jesus’ life and mission? For support, we turn to men and women who have dedicated their vocational work to answering these questions.

Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. His work has emerged as foundational in the conversations centered around faith. Reading his work, you will notice an impartiality towards the scholarly process, specifically in how he handles the search for and discovery of ancient extra-biblical texts. You can find his website here. For a compelling look at the manuscript reliability of the New Testament, see his essay here.  

Dr. Dan Wallace is a contemporary of McDowell and often referenced in the field of assessing the reliability of ancient literary work. Wallace is the founder of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. Wallace has spent the last 16 years photographing over 350,000 images of New Testament manuscripts, discovering more than 90 manuscripts in the process. He has made the works of antiquity available for viewing to the everyday person at no cost. View his compelling efforts here.

The reliability of the Bible has been, and will continue to be, challenged until Jesus returns and restores all things. Another challenge to living this life while we see dimly through a glass is the reading of Scripture in its proper place. Contrary to the belief of many, the Bible is not a rule book or a manual for living. Neither is it a science or history textbook where the reader is tasked with memorizing answers and applying knowledge via an end-of-unit assessment. There are elements of law, history, narrative, prose discourse, poetry and the arts present all throughout the story of Scripture. But at its core, the Bible is a story; a grand narrative written as Jewish meditation literature. This is not a literary genre that will have a dedicated shelf when perusing the aisles of your local bookstore. It takes work to understand the terms and conditions of this ancient form of writing. Jewish meditation literature invites a lifetime of reading and re-reading to immerse ourselves into the story. Ultimately, the authors of the Bible want me--the reader--to adopt their story as my story. As Tim Mackie of The Bible Project notes, as we read the story, the story begins to read us. We see ourselves in the human nature of characters in the story. We relate to their moments of failure, and find hope when they put their trust in a divine God who has mercy on their broken souls.

This is the story of of the Bible. And it offers a credible alternative to the story of the world, the cultural narrative, in which we are immersed every day. This was part of the plan: to be in but not part of. These two stories are going to be in constant conflict with each other and it calls for a conversion. It is an invitation to see and live in the world in the context of another story.


Wednesday
Mar072018

What If It's True?

 

We live in an age that questions everything and attempts to create reasonable doubt around anything by asking, “What if that isn’t true?" This may work well in a court of law, but has been applied heavily to questions of faith. Questions like, “What if the Bible isn’t true? or “What if Jesus wasn’t really raised from the dead?” or “What if God isn’t good?” 
Join us for a series where we will ask the inverse question, "What if it’s True?”, because how we answer these questions has significant implications on our lives.